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SPEAR3 Platform Integration Lead - F35

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
13 Jun 2021
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and technically capable individual to join the SPEAR3 Systems Design Airborne Systems (SDAS) team. This role offers a significant opportunity to lead the integration of a critical capability into the UK MoD and support the development of a key element of the future MBDA product portfolio.
What are we looking for?
Ideally educated to degree level or an equivalent qualification in engineering.
You will be required to demonstrate the following:
  • Knowledge and experience of product development programs
  • Experience of work package management delivery
  • Knowledge of systems engineering, product design, programme management, air-platform integration, environmental clearance, certification, firing trials
  • Enthusiastic with positivity and drive.
  • Team leadership skills with ability to lead/facilitate multi-disciplined teams to deliver.
What’s in it for you?

The successful applicant will be crucial to the delivery of a key capability to the UK armed forces.
Within this role, the candidate will be ideally positioned to significantly develop his or her technical competencies and the forging of strong working relationships with multiple internal and international partners. The candidate will be working on a fast paced, exciting programme that offers the opportunity to work with a number of technological firsts that will form a key element of the future MBDA product portfolio.

What would you get?

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

The Role

The Platform Integration Lead (PIL) will be responsible for the technical delivery of the SPEAR3 integration activity onto F35B.
You will act as the primary technical interface with F35, working with multiple partners internally within MBDA and externally across industry, UK MoD and US/UK airworthiness authorities to ensure the objectives of the integration programme are achieved

Join a great team!!

The SDAS integration team play a key part in enabling access to defence platforms – enabling the use of MBDA products by our armed forces and ensuring the future success of the company. Furthermore, with the ever increasing complexity of the modern weapon system, the ability of MBDA to unlock the true capability of our products for the user against ever challenging political and economic back drop means that the role of the SDAS team has never been more important.

You will be joining a motivated and focused SDAS team, where communication and the ethos to share information is key. Additionally, the successful candidate will be placed at the forefront of the SPEAR3 / F35 integration activity where he or she will be required to work closely with a number of hardworking and multi-disciplined internal and international teams across industry and government groups.

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a varied community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We encourage applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.


MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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